Down on the Farm Oil Painting

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Plein air oil painting     8 x 10 inch    
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A small oil painting I did at the Dexter Plein Air Festival. I loved the perky little goat and wanted to capture him in the sunlight, but I was afraid he would move around too much. Noooo….. The dang thing stood there and stared at me for an hour. On this piece I really tried to work loosely with a large brush. Very little detail.


This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil Paints

Dexter Mill Oil Painting

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Plein air oil cityscape painting      9 x 12 inch canvas      $350
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At last year’s Plein Air Festival I skipped painting Dexter’s iconic mill. It was just too intimidating for me. Its difficult to paint complicated architecture quickly in pastel and, with the light changing so fast, it would’ve taken me too long to complete. But I’m fairly new at oil painting and was willing to give it a go this year. I set up under some shade trees one morning, across the street from the mill and processing buildings. I chose a “nontypical” view of the site because I wanted to include those bright white buildings shining through the dark porch pillars. I also liked the long, simple lead-in of the side of the building, compared to the complicated detail in the upper right of the painting.


This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil Paints

From Cornman Farms Oil Painting

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Plein air oil landscape painting      9 x 12 inch canvas      $350
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Early on Tuesday of the Dexter Plein Air Festival, I painted my first painting of the event. It was foggy and just about to pour, but I managed to finish this oil landscape at Cornman Farms just before the skies opened up. I was pretty pleased with it. Especially since I had only a few hours of sleep and was seriously jet lagged. That sliver of golden field in the middle ground kept me going…


This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil Paints

La Romita Bounty Watercolor Painting

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Watercolor plein air painting    7″ x 9″     $225
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Although my plan was to paint exclusively in oil while in Italy, Nora asked that I bring along my watercolors in case artists working in that medium needed input. I haven’t painted much in watercolor lately and I don’t even want to talk about my first attempt, which also happened to be a demonstration. Ugh. But over time, I got back in to the hang of it and enjoyed having the ability to change back and forth between oil and watercolor.

At some time during our visit, all of us artists tried to capture these huge wine bottles in the courtyard. We couldn’t help it. They just called to us. One artist actually painted them 5 or 6 times in pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oil, ink, and other materials. It was a very cool series.

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This artwork was created with:
Paper: Saunders Waterford Watercolor Paper
Medium: DaVinci Watercolors

San Gemini Tower Oil Painting

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Oil cityscape painting      10 x 8 inch canvas      $275
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I learned so much from Nora Venturelli at her workshop in Italy. She is an accomplished oil painter and she gave our group great information in many different areas. One of the most important for me was how to start.

Oil paints sitting on a palette are so alluring, juicy and luscious. I’m always tempted to dip right in and start working with the brightest colors. That has gotten me into more than a bit of trouble in the past. Before having the most rudimentary idea of my composition, I often had a gooey, muddy mush of paint. Nora suggested we paint in the main structure of our scene in a thin wash of burnt sienna BEFORE we start laying in the local colors. Decide where your center of interest is. Where are your darkest darks and lightest lights? What do you want to emphasize, and what elements can fall away? You can make changes at this stage that are near to impossible after you’ve laid in thick paint.

Now you would think I would already understand this technique since it is VERY similar to the way I work in pastel. But for some reason it fell out of my mind when I worked in oil. It was very good to reinforce it. Above you can see my first attempt using this method. Underpainting (painted on site) and finished work (painted in-studio a couple of hours later).

Oh. This scene was in the lovely little Umbrian hill town of San Gemini. It was the first of 11 or 12 painting sites we visited during our La Romita stay. The comfy, air-conditioned bus would come every morning and wisk us away to a new little slice of paradise!


This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil Paints

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